Court Cases

Performance art piece “a work of art that is open to interpretation”: Artist Seelan Palay on trial for performance of art piece from Hong Lim Park to Parliament House

Artist Seelan Palay has stated in his defence that contrary to the charge being held against him – the alleged participation in a public procession without a permit under the Public Order Act – his performance art piece was "peaceful at all times" and "a work of art that is open to interpretation". Seelan declared in his testimony in court …

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Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham alleges lack of transparency in police investigations, possible abuse of power

Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham has called into question the transparency - or a lack thereof - in the police force's investigations, particularly with regards to extracting information and confessions from individuals being interrogated. He highlighted a particular instance during the second day of his trial today (2 Oct) in which his lawyer had cross-examined a police officer involved in …

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Hearing for civil lawsuits against Workers’ Party MPs to commence 5 Oct

This Friday (5 Oct) marks the commencement of the civil lawsuits hearings against three Workers' Party (WP) Members of Parliament (MPs) over alleged improper payments made through town councils. The civil lawsuits were brought upon in July and September last year by an independent panel on behalf of the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) and the Pasir-Ris Punggol Town Council (PRPTC). …

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Thai national who lost Singapore citizenship fined S$6,000 for defaulting on National Service obligations

24-year-old Thai-born Ekawit Tangtrakarn was sentenced to a fine of S$6,000 yesterday (18 Sep) for defaulting on his National Service (NS) obligations, marking the first prosecution of an NS defaulter who is no longer a Singapore citizen. Previously on 28 Aug, Ekawit pleaded guilty under the Enlistment Act for staying outside Singapore without a valid exit permit for 5½ years. …

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Accomplice of ex-RSAF engineer in cheating conspiracy jailed for 14 months

A man was sentenced to 14 months of jail yesterday (17 Sep) for assisting his longtime friend, who is formerly an engineer with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), in cheating the Government of more than S$632,000. Jeevan Arumugam, 48, testified before District Judge Shaifuddin Saruwan that his actions resulted from "a pure lapse of judgement," and that Rajkumar …

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Singaporean DJ files constitutional challenge against Section 377A

A court challenge has been filed on constitutional grounds against Section 377A, a provision in the Singapore Penal Code which criminalises sexual activity between two men, by internationally renowned Singaporean disc jockey (DJ) and Pink Dot SG ambassador Mr Johnson Ong Ming on Monday (10 Sep). Mr Ong Ming, or better known by his stage name DJ Big Kid, filed …

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